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Research on worklessness has revealed that the relative risk of increased mortality for being unemployed is greater than that of many chronic diseases, smoking, and poverty.

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This webinar will look at some of that research, with a view to how it pertains to the everyday practice of family doctors.

Take home messages:

  • Being unemployed carries high relative risks for increased mortality.
  • Worklessness is also associated with increased rates of suicide, obesity, heart attack, depression, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, accidents, poverty, alienation and criminality.
  • Family doctors can help their patients to avoid this by promoting functionality and timely rehabilitation, as well as appropriate encouragement for a safe  and sustainable return to work.

Learning Outcomes

Risks of worklessness for morbidity and mortality
What studies have shown on effects of worklessness on specific diseases
Policy statements from the CMA and other world bodies on the responsibility of physicians to encourage return of patients to function and work
Recommendations on timing of rehabilitation


Celina Dunn
Celina Dunn received her MD in Calgary in 1985, followed by her Family Practice residency in 1987. She worked in Calgary and Halifax in family practice and cancer care until 1992 when she moved to Vancouver and joined WorkSafeBC (The Workers' Compensation Board of BC). Celina worked as a Medical Advisor for WorkSafeBC until 2000, when she became Manager of Medical Services. Dr. Dunn is a clinical instructor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She has been active in educational and outreach projects for physicians in the province of BC and involved in various evidence-based reviews at WorkSafeBC. This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session.

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